Yi-Hsien Su


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Institute of Cellular and Organismic Biology, Academia Sinica


I was educated and obtained my bachelor degree in Zoology and master degree in Biomedical Science in Taiwan. After working for two years as a research assistant in a medical school, I went abroad and studied Marine Biology in Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, USA. I am always fascinated about how life begins and the underlying molecular mechanisms. Working with professor Vic Vacquier, my Ph.D. thesis was focused on the molecular mechanisms during sea urchin sperm activation that leads to successful fertilization. In 2002, I had a chance to attend the Embryology course in Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole. During the six-week course, I was amazed by the diversity of developmental processes in different animal systems. After obtaining my Ph.D. degree in 2005, I decided to work on developmental biology. I joined Dr. Eric DavidsonÕs group at California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA. For my postdoctoral training, I performed a large-scale gene perturbation analysis to construct a gene regulatory network for ectoderm specification in the sea urchin embryo. In October 2007, I moved back to Taiwan and established my own lab in the Institute of Cellular and Organismic Biology, Academia Sinica. My lab is currently interested in understanding how signaling pathways connecting different gene regulatory networks during sea urchin development. We are also in the process of finding local animal systems for comparative studies.